Loss of control Accident de Havilland Canada DHC-4A Caribou N702SC, Wednesday 29 January 1997
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Date:Wednesday 29 January 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland Canada DHC-4A Caribou
Owner/operator:Southcentral Air
Registration: N702SC
MSN: 126
Year of manufacture:1963
Total airframe hrs:13923 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-2000
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:3,5 km W of Sparrevohn Airport, AK (SVW) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:St. Mary's, AK (PASM)
Destination airport:Kenai Airport, AK (ENA/PAEN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On its way from St. Mary's to Kenai the aircraft suffered engine problems (no. 2 prop overspeed). The engine was feathered, and the crew elected to divert to Aniak. When the no. 1 engine produced banging noises, forcing the crew to divert to nearby Sparrevohn. Sparrevohn Airport is located on the slope of mountainous terrain, approach is only authorized during daylight, with a landing approach only from the South and a go-around improbable.
While spiralling down over the airfield, the crew encountered severe turbulence from the surrounding mountains. Full power on the no. 1 engine was applied, but the aircraft collided with snow covered upsloping terrain.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Loss of the right engine propeller control oil, which led to an overspeed of the right engine and propeller, and necessitated a shut-down of the right engine; and failure of the pilot to maintain adequate altitude/distance from terrain during visual approach for a precautionary landing at an alternate airport. Factors relating to the accident were: fluctuation of the left engine power, premature lowering of the airplane flaps, and an encounter with adverse weather conditions (including high winds, severe turbulence, and white-out conditions) during the approach."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ANC97FA024
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Download report: Final report


ICAO Adrep Summary 3/98 (#24)

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30 January 1997 N702SC South Central Air Sparrevohn, AK w/o



photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Sacramento-Executive Airport, CA (SAC/KSAC); July 1989

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